African glass seed bead Mali wedding bead multicolor 6-strand necklace
Bright glass African seed beads form a rich, multi-color tapestry of six strands twisted into a 3/8" (10mm) thick rope.
Five antique glass 15/16 x 9/16" (23x15mm) elongated "pears" are strung into the seed beads. Two smaller brass beads are on the side.
The large glass bulbs are vintage Mali Wedding beads. In the Fulani tribe, the mother strings a colorful assortment of beads on raffia as a gift to her daughter on the daughter's wedding day.
These blown-glass beads were made in Czechoslovakia in the 18th century.and traded into Africa by the beginning of the 19th century. They soon replaced similar-shaped traditional Fulani ceramic wedding beads.
The beads in this necklace are from a long strand of Mali wedding beads. Each necklace I make will be different as no two beads are identical. You'll get a nice color balance from the bulbs in the last picture, using both opaque and clear. If you have a strong preference either for or against any of the colors, please tell me by number; otherwise, I'll just follow my muse. The necklace in the first picture has already sold.
Finished length is approximately 18" (45cm) with a 2" (5cm) extender. Matching earrings are available for separate purchase in this shop.
I love incorporating traditional tribal beads into my designs, fusing time and cultures.
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If for any reason you don't like it, send it back in original condition with adequate padding. Full refund will be issued for the item, but not postage. Certain custom-made items may not be refundable -- please ask in advance if that's an issue. Returns must be made within 7 days of receipt.
International orders welcome! I ship via USPS (United States Postal Service.)
Insurance and/or priority mail are also available, but please message me first so I can change the shipping price to reflect these options.
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If you don't pay for your item within one week, the sale will be canceled and the item re-listed.
Most items are shipped in bubble-wrap envelopes using clean recycled bubble wrap or packaging paper. If the purchase is for a gift, just ask and I'll include a small gift box or an organza bag or a tiny Tiffany-style turquoise shopping bag.
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The earrings are even prettier in person than on the web. I've gotten lots of compliments about them.